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Who was the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask?

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« on: May 08, 2016, 05:04:41 pm »

Who was the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask?
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Was the Man in the Iron Mask really Louis XIV's twin ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Prosopee
History professor Paul Sonnino believes he has finally uncovered the story of the man behind the mask.
It is one of history's most enduring mysteries - that of a prisoner arrested in 1669 in France who was held under tight security for more than three decades and whose identity was kept a total secret thanks to the full face mask he was forced to wear throughout his incarceration.

The story has been the subject of much speculation over the years and was even the setting for a major movie starring Leonardo di Caprio back in 1998 - a film which also helped popularize the theory that the mysterious prisoner was actually the twin brother of France's King Louis XIV.

Author and historian Paul Sonnino however maintains that this was certainly not the case.

"[Historians] are pretty much in agreement that his name was Eustache Dauger [and] that he only occasionally wore the mask and when he did, it was velvet, not iron," he said.

"They are also quite sure that he was a valet. What they have not been able to figure out is whose valet he was, and for what possible reason he was held under tight security for over 30 years."

Through his own research Sonnino now believes that Dauger was the valet for the treasurer of Cardinal Mazarin - France's principal minister during the early life of King Louis XIV.

"What I was able to determine was that Mazarin had ripped off some of his huge fortune from the previous king and queen of England," he said.

"Dauger must have blabbed at the wrong time. He was informed, when arrested, that if he revealed his identity to anyone, he would immediately be killed."

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Mysterious 'Man in the Iron Mask' Revealed, 350 Years Later
By Kacey Deamer | May 6, 2016 08:43am ET





Mysterious 'Man in the Iron Mask' Revealed, 350 Years Later
A still from the 1939 film about the historical mystery, “The Man in the Iron Mask.”
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A 350-year-old French mystery has been unmasked: In his new book, Paul Sonnino, a professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, claims he has uncovered the real identity of the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask.

The Man in the Iron Mask was a prisoner arrested in 1669 and held in the Bastille and other French jails for more than three decades, until his death in 1703. His identity has been an enduring mystery because, throughout his imprisonment, the man's face was hidden by a mask, according to Sonnino. The story was even popularized in the 1998 film "The Man in the Iron Mask," starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

It's a mystery that evaded even famed philosopher Voltaire and writer Alexandre Dumas. Historians have discounted the theory popularized by Voltaire and Dumas that the masked man was the twin brother of Louis XIV, according to Sonnino. [Bones with Names: Long-Dead Bodies Archaeologists Have Identified]
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"They [historians] are pretty much in agreement that his name was Eustache Dauger, that he only occasionally wore the mask and that when he did wear a mask, it was velvet, not iron," Sonnino said in a statement. "They are also quite sure that he was a valet. What they have not been able to figure out is whose valet he was, and for what possible reason he was held under tight security for over 30 years."

In "The Search for the Man in the Iron Mask: A Historical Detective Story" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), Sonnino leads the reader through historical records, correspondence regarding the prisoner and other aspects of his investigation.

Through his research, Sonnino determined that Dauger was a valet for the treasurer of Cardinal Mazarin, who was principal minister of France during Louis XIV's early life. Mazarin accumulated a large fortune, and Sonnino believes the valet thought that some of the money was stolen.

"What I was able to determine was that Mazarin had ripped off some of his huge fortune from the previous king and queen of England …" Sonnino said. "Dauger must have blabbed at the wrong time. He was informed, when arrested, that if he revealed his identity to anyone, he would immediately be killed."

As for why the Man in the Iron Mask's identity has remained veiled throughout history, Sonnino said the blame lies with historians, who "insist on making it antiseptic, moralistic, sensible."

"Life does not make sense," Sonnino continued. "Humans are much more complicated than that."

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